College Inspection Reports

Ofsted Inspection 2008

The college received a very favourable inspection report in its most recent inspection.

The report cited that:

‘The quality of provision is outstanding and has improved further on the high standards reported in the 2004 inspection.’

Key Strengths

  • very high pass rates on AS and A Level programmes
  • high retention rates across the college
  • the exceptional progress made by the majority of learners in relation to their starting points
  • excellent arrangements to ensure every student matters
  • high quality teaching and learning
  • rigorous and highly effective monitoring of students’ progress
  • excellent progression rates to higher education
  • excellent range of and participation in student enrichment programmes
  • outstanding academic support and guidance
  • the strong focus on improvement by staff at all levels of the organisation
  • outstanding leadership and management.

Ofsted Outstanding College 2007/2008

At the 2007 Ofsted inspection the college was judged as ‘outstanding’. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of schools wrote to the college:

One of my most enjoyable annual duties as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is to publish a list of providers that were judged to be outstanding when they were inspected. Please accept my warmest congratulations on achieving this very high standard of practice. I do not underestimate the sheer amount of hard work, determination and collaboration it takes to achieve outstanding provider status.

Ofsted Inspection 2004

The report cited that:

‘The quality of much teaching and learning at the college is outstanding.’

Key Strengths

  • students’ outstanding achievements
  • the exceptional value that the college adds to students’ progress
  • high quality of teaching and learning
  • impressive standard of students’ work
  • focus of all staff on caring for each student as an individual
  • outstanding procedures for monitoring and improving students’ progress
  • excellent academic support for students
  • collaboration between managers, teachers and students in raising standards
  • strategies for ensuring that teachers can focus on their teaching
  • students’ participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • senior managers’ communication with staff and students

Beacon Award – November 2004

The Learning and Skills Beacon status was launched in March 2002. Learning and Skills Beacon status is the means by which the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), LSIS and the further education system recognize excellent colleges and other learning providers that consistently deliver high quality and successful teaching, supported by strong and effective leadership and management. All of the Beacons, which reflect the breadth and diversity of the sector, are required to share and transfer their good practice and participate in collaborative activities.

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

In November 1996, the college won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for higher and Further Education for its contribution to the development of student monitoring and performance. The prizes are awarded ‘for outstanding achievements of excellence in activities, areas of work and projects which have benefited the nation.’ In the citation, the judges said ‘The introduction of this system has fulfilled the mission to improve the performance of each student and help them reach their potential.’

A second Queen’s Anniversary Prize was awarded in November 2000 to recognise the college’s curriculum enrichment for sixth form students:

What the judges said:

The College’s enrichment programme is a national exemplar of what can be done at sixth form level to extend students’ education and personal growth beyond their academic courses. Hugely varied and demanding, the programme calls on students to develop self-reliance, promotes citizenship and prepares them to meet the world of work or further study with confidence and commitment.